When Aurora residents visit Dr. Williams for wisdom teeth removal, part of the natural healing process includes a blood clot that forms over the surgical site. Sometimes the thought of this blood clot makes people worried because blood clots tend to have a negative connotation. However, this type of blood clot is the body’s way of protecting your jaw and newly vacated socket during the healing process. If something causes this blood clot to be removed, patients encounter a painful complication known as dry socket. Because Dr. Williams does not want anyone to suffer from dry socket, he has provided this blog to educate you on wisdom teeth removal and how to avoid this complication. Keep reading to learn more.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt from the gums. Usually, patients experience this between the ages of 16 and 20. When wisdom teeth decide to make an appearance, they almost always disrupt the other teeth in your mouth. They cause pain and discomfort and crowding for your other previously straight teeth. As a result, people from all over Aurora visit Dr. Williams to have their wisdom teeth removed.
How Patients Can Avoid Dry Socket
As we mentioned earlier, dry socket is a painful complication that is caused when the natural blood clot that forms over your wisdom teeth extraction site is removed leaving your jawbone and socket exposed. In order to avoid suffering from this painful complication, Dr. Williams has some post-surgery tips you should follow:
- Under No Circumstances Should Men And Women Use Straws After Wisdom Teeth Removal
It is imperative that you avoid using straws for at least one week after you have your wisdom teeth removed. This is because the sucking motion used when drinking from a straw can dislodge the blood clot or clots from your surgery site resulting in dry socket.
2. Do Not Smoke Or Use Nicotine Immediately Following Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
While Dr. Williams isn’t interested in lecturing his Aurora wisdom teeth removal patients about their nicotine use, he does strongly recommend they avoid smoking after having their procedure. Just like the sucking action involved when using a straw, the sucking motion required to smoke can also dislodge the blood clots from their position in your mouth. Not only is the action of smoking a leading cause of dry socket, but all products containing nicotine can cause complications after wisdom teeth removal and should be avoided until Dr. Williams gives you the okay to resume their use.
3. Be Sure To Follow Dr. Williams’ Dietary Guidelines After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
When you leave Dr. Williams’ dental chair after having your wisdom teeth removed, he will provide you with strict dietary guidelines you should follow for the first several days after your procedure. Liquids and soft foods are recommended until your mouth begins to heal well. Only resume your normal diet after Dr. Williams has cleared you to do so. Otherwise, you risk dislodging your blood clot and suffering from dry socket.
Call Dr. Williams at His Office Today
Dry socket is definitely not something you want to deal with after having your wisdom teeth removed. Trust us! That’s why you should follow Dr. Williams’ post-operative instructions carefully to ensure you have a safe and speedy recovery.
If you have any other questions regarding dry socket or wisdom teeth removal, call his office in the Aurora area today at (303) 493-1933.